My favorite songs from 1994

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In April of ’94 I broke up with one girlfriend and had another one in July. Both girls were in (or near) my hometown, whereas I went to university about an hour away in Guelph. So there was a lot of commuting involved, especially with girl number two (we became quite serious). Lots of commuting meant a lot of radio. And this is when I started to grow tired of classic rock (gasp – but it was just temporary, don’t worry!) and move more fully into modern alternative rock and grunge.

In the fall I moved in with three buddies and formed lasting friendships with all of them. A lot of this music reminds me of those times, though much of it was really enjoyed in 1995 even if it was released in 1994.

This year was home to several of my favorite 10 albums (just a guess) of all time. I know I would have Live’s Throwing Copper on there. And The Offspring’s Smash. And Weezer’s blue album. And in my favorite 20 of all time, I am certain Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy gets in there as well as the Hip’s Day for Night. I’m also guessing that albums released that year from Hole, Cranberries, Bush and Green Day would get into my favorite 30 of all time. This year marks the beginning of six to eight years in which music was the biggest part of my life. It’s always been huge, but during those years it meant the world to me.

With 179 songs ranked, this tops 1989 when I had 150 and includes 79 songs marked “Great” or better.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

After I list videos of the best from that year, I’ll have the chart with all the songs (bigger list) that I enjoyed from 1994. This year’s list is the biggest of all the years I review, and 81 videos of the ‘Great’ and ‘Awesome’ ranked songs are just too many to post. So my playlist will only include the best of the best from that year.

 

31 Truly Awesome Songs from 1994

Starseed – Our Lady Peace

 

Basket Case – Green Day

 

When I Come Around – Green Day

 

Doll Parts – Hole

 

Violet – Hole

 

Let Her Cry – Hootie & the Blowfish

 

Nothingman – Pearl Jam

 

Come Out And Play – The Offspring

 

Gotta Get Away – The Offspring

 

You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty

 

Grace, Too – The Tragically Hip

 

Yawning or Snarling – The Tragically Hip

 

Inevitability of Death – The Tragically Hip

 

Undone – The Sweater Song – Weezer

 

Plateau – Nirvana

 

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Nirvana

 

The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana

 

Lake of Fire – Nirvana

 

Deuces Are Wild – Aerosmith

 

Immortality – Pearl Jam

 

Only In Dreams – Weezer

 

My Name Is Jonas – Weezer

 

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

 

Glycerine – Bush

 

Hold My Hand – Hootie & the Blowfish

 

Lightning Crashes – Live

 

Hurt – Nine Inch Nails

 

Better Man – Pearl Jam

 

Strange Currencies – R.E.M.

 

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? – R.E.M.

 

Self Esteem – The Offspring

 

 

I put this together in a YouTube playlist for your listening convenience here.

 

Here is the complete list of my favorites from 1994:

Awesome – 1 No Excuses Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Glycerine Bush
Awesome – 1 Hold My Hand Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 1 Lightning Crashes Live
Awesome – 1 Hurt Nine Inch Nails
Awesome – 1 Better Man Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Strange Currencies R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 Self Esteem The Offspring
Awesome – 1 Undone – The Sweater Song Weezer
Awesome – 1 Gotta Get Away The Offspring
Awesome – 1 You Don’t Know How It Feels Tom Petty
Awesome – 13 Starseed Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 13 Basket Case Green Day
Awesome – 13 When I Come Around Green Day
Awesome – 13 Doll Parts Hole
Awesome – 13 Violet Hole
Awesome – 13 Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 13 Nothingman Pearl Jam
Awesome – 13 Come Out And Play The Offspring
Awesome – 13 Grace, Too The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 13 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 13 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 13 Plateau Nirvana
Awesome – 13 Where Did You Sleep Last Night Nirvana
Awesome – 13 The Man Who Sold the World Nirvana
Awesome – 13 Lake of Fire Nirvana
Awesome – 13 Deuces Are Wild Aerosmith
Awesome – 13 Immortality Pearl Jam
Awesome – 13 Only In Dreams Weezer
Awesome – 13 My Name Is Jonas Weezer
Great – 32 F.O.D. Green Day
Great – 32 She Green Day
Great – 32 Miss World Hole
Great – 32 I Alone Live
Great – 32 Closer Nine Inch Nails
Great – 32 Supersonic Oasis
Great – 32 Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam Nirvana
Great – 32 Oh, Me Nirvana
Great – 32 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden
Great – 32 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 32 Zombie The Cranberries
Great – 32 Thugs The Tragically Hip
Great – 32 Buddy Holly Weezer
Great – 32 Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Great – 32 Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Great – 32 Sabotage Beastie Boys
Great – 32 Loser Beck
Great – 32 Comedown Bush
Great – 32 Little Things Bush
Great – 32 Machinehead Bush
Great – 32 Allison Road Gin Blossoms
Great – 32 Pillar Of Davidson Live
Great – 32 Push Moist
Great – 32 Live Forever Oasis
Great – 32 Tomorrow Silverchair
Great – 32 Spoonman Soundgarden
Great – 32 Big Empty Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 32 Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 32 Free As A Bird The Beatles
Great – 32 Ode To My Family The Cranberries
Great – 32 Bad Habit The Offspring
Great – 32 It’ll Be a Long Time The Offspring
Great – 32 Scared The Tragically Hip
Great – 32 In The Garage Weezer
Great – 32 Surf Wax America Weezer
Great – 32 Selling the Drama Live
Great – 68 Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Great – 68 I Stay Away Alice in Chains
Great – 68 Everything Zen Bush
Great – 68 Chump Green Day
Great – 68 Longview Green Day
Great – 68 Welcome To Paradise Green Day
Great – 68 All Over You Live
Great – 68 Silver Moist
Great – 68 Corduroy Pearl Jam
Great – 68 Crush With Eyeliner R.E.M.
Great – 68 Fell On Black Days Soundgarden
Great – 68 Possum Kingdom Toadies
Great – 68 Crazy Mary Victoria Williams
Great – 68 Dissident Pearl Jam
Solid – 82 Get It Together Beastie Boys
Solid – 82 Love Is All Around Me Wet Wet Wet
Solid – 82 Waitress Live
Solid – 82 Hope Our Lady Peace
Solid – 82 Naveed Our Lady Peace
Solid – 82 Ocean Pearl 54-40
Solid – 82 Hasn’t Hit Me Yet Blue Rodeo
Solid – 82 Run-Around Blues Traveler
Solid – 82 Girls And Boys Blur
Solid – 82 Alien Bush
Solid – 82 Not For You Pearl Jam
Solid – 82 What Happened to You The Offspring
Solid – 82 Holiday Weezer
Solid – 82 Always Bon Jovi
Solid – 82 What Would You Say Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 82 New Age Girl Deadeye Dick
Solid – 82 Connection Elastica
Solid – 82 Bang and Blame R.E.M.
Solid – 82 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
Solid – 82 Greasy Jungle The Tragically Hip
Solid – 82 Nautical Disaster The Tragically Hip
Solid – 82 Mykel And Carli Weezer
Solid – 82 Seether Veruca Salt
Solid – 82 Give It Up Public Enemy
Solid – 106 Landslide Smashing Pumpkins
Solid – 106 Supersatellite Our Lady Peace
Solid – 106 Blame Your Parents 54-40
Solid – 106 Nutshell Alice in Chains
Solid – 106 Jane Barenaked Ladies
Solid – 106 Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Beck
Solid – 106 The Power of Love Celine Dion
Solid – 106 Goodnight Good Guy Collective Soul
Solid – 106 Return To Innocence Enigma
Solid – 106 Softer Softest Hole
Solid – 106 Only Wanna Be with You Hootie & the Blowfish
Solid – 106 Time Hootie & the Blowfish
Solid – 106 Stay Lisa Loeb
Solid – 106 Shit Towne Live
Solid – 106 Backwater Meat Puppets
Solid – 106 I Can’t Be With You The Cranberries
Solid – 106 Nitro The Offspring
Solid – 106 Waterfalls TLC
Solid – 106 You Wreck Me Tom Petty
Solid – 106 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Solid – 106 Daredevil The Tragically Hip
Solid – 106 So Hard Done By The Tragically Hip
Solid – 106 An Inch an Hour The Tragically Hip
Solid – 106 Titanic Terrarium The Tragically Hip
Solid – 106 Wild Night John Mellencamp
Solid – 106 Unglued Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 132 I Swear All-4-One
Not Bad – 132 Fade Into You Mazzy Star
Not Bad – 132 Get Off This Cracker
Not Bad – 132 Omaha Stylee 311
Not Bad – 132 Blind Man Aerosmith
Not Bad – 132 A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Not Bad – 132 Tremor Christ Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 132 Down With Disease Phish
Not Bad – 132 Kiss From A Rose Seal
Not Bad – 132 Coax Me Sloan
Not Bad – 132 The Day I Tried To Live Soundgarden
Not Bad – 132 Still Remains Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 132 Empty The Cranberries
Not Bad – 132 Genocide The Offspring
Not Bad – 132 Save Me The Tea Party
Not Bad – 132 Emergency The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 132 Sunshine Country Victoria Williams
Not Bad – 132 The World Has Turned And Left Me Here Weezer
Not Bad – 132 Hook Blues Traveler
Not Bad – 132 Until I Fall Away Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 132 Pulling Teeth Green Day
Not Bad – 132 Horse Live
Not Bad – 132 Top Live
Not Bad – 132 White, Discussion Live
Not Bad – 132 River Of Deceit Mad Season
Not Bad – 132 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Not Bad – 132 Pretty Penny Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 132 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 132 Something to Believe In The Offspring
Not Bad – 132 Boom Boom Boom The Outhere Brothers
Not Bad – 132 Love Spreads The Stone Roses
Not Bad – 132 Impossibilium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 132 Headline News Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 132 Assoholic 54-40
Not Bad – 132 5 Days In May Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 132 Bad Timing Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 132 Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night Bon Jovi
Not Bad – 132 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 132 Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 132 All For Love Byan Adams/Stewart/Sting
Not Bad – 132 Afternoons and Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 132 Sassafrass Roots Green Day
Not Bad – 132 Love, Love, Love Hemingway Corner
Not Bad – 132 I Think That I Would Die Hole
Not Bad – 132 Iris Live
Not Bad – 132 T.B.D. Live
Not Bad – 132 I’ll Remember Madonna
Not Bad – 132 Reptile Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 132 Shakermaker Oasis
Not Bad – 132 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Prince
Not Bad – 132 Nobody’s Hero Rush
Not Bad – 132 Kitchenware and Candy Bars Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 132 Ridiculous Thoughts The Cranberries
Not Bad – 132 One More Chance The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 132 Killboy Powerhead The Offspring
Not Bad – 132 Not the One The Offspring
Not Bad – 132 Boneyard Tree The Watchmen
Not Bad – 132 Fire in the Hole The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 132 Saturday Night Whigfield
Not Bad – 132 Tones of Home Blind Melon
Not Bad – 132 Don’t Turn Around Ace of Base

 

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